Making Sense of Shakespeare

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them"

Twelfth Night (Act II, Scene V)

About Us

Mark Row

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Is currently a Drama teacher in Milton Keynes. Having previously studied Drama and Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University; Mark has recently been studying for a Masters degree in Shakespeare and Education in Stratford upon Avon, where he was inspired to launch Fortune’s Fool. Mark is very excited by the prospect of presenting The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) and is delighted that, if nothing else, it has given Mark the opportunity to refer to himself in the third person.


Tim McCoy

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Studied Drama and Music at Manchester Metropolitan, where he met Mark and worked with him on a number of projects. Having managed to avoid coming to blows on all but one occasion, they have decided that now is the time to shake hands and rekindle their working relationship. Since leaving university Tim toured for a number of years with Cragrats Theatre Company gaining a wealth of experience in Theatre in Education. He has now settled in Cambridge where he teaches in a school and fights crime in his spare time.


Matthew Perris

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Studied Drama at Bretton Hall before completing his teaching qualification at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Matthew is responsible for the BTEC Performing Arts courses at Stantonbury Campus, the largest specialist arts college in the England and probably Wales too. Matthew has a regular show on Milton Keynes Hospital Radio and has been a regular cast member of the Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy in recent years; appearing in their productions of Allo Allo and Ripping Yarns as well as taking a regular spot at Whose Turn Is It Anyway, where he is something of a cross between Tony Slattery and Sandi Toksvig.

What Students say...

Samantha Davies

“It was an enjoyable experience, which helped me understand Shakespeare much better, which also helped loads with my GCSEs. Some people think it’s sad to like Shakespeare but I really enjoyed reading Shakespeare’s plays. I would love to do something like this again.”

Samantha Davies
Year 11

What Teachers say...

Sarah Robinson

“Fortunes Fool Theatre Company were crucial in the development and preparation of our school’s 2009 entry to the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Their professionalism and enthusiasm was second to none, making the workshops entertaining, informative and relevant to the students. It was pleasing to see students walking away from the workshops and understanding that iambic pentameter is not just a band from the 60’s. I will definitely be asking them back in the future!”

Sarah Robinson
Drama Teacher